Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

October 17, 2013

Police make meth, marijuana-related arrest at local motel

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — A recent welfare check Jacksonville police made at a local extended stay motel resulted in the arrest of a 23-year-old resident they discovered in possession of nearly eight grams of methamphetamine and 6.4 grams of marijuana.

Karl Dwayne Underwood, a resident at the motel in the 1400 block of East Rusk Street, was arrested on suspicion of possession of over four grams of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, which is a first-degree felony, police reports show.

Underwood remained in Cherokee County Jail Wednesday under $255,000 bond, jail records show.

The welfare check took place 3:30 a.m. last Thursday, as officers responded to reports of gunfire from that motel. They arrived to find a room window there both open and broken.

Not able to spot anyone in that room, officers announced they are officers and went inside to check on the welfare of whomever they found, reports show.

"Upon entering the room, office heard someone inside the bathroom ... say 'hello?' and then 'help me,'" according to a statement from Jacksonville Police Chief Reece Daniel. "Officers ordered Underwood to exit the bathroom and Underwood complied, advising them the handgun he was armed with was on the toilet tank."

During a subsequent frisk for weapons, authorities discovered 7.4 grams of methamphetamine in his pockets.

A warrant was obtained for a later search, at which time more drugs and paraphernalia — an additional. four grams of meth was found as well as the 6.4 grams of marijuana — were discovered in the room.